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Thousands of turbines being built in pristine landscapes of the UK, but at what cost?

Mr Bryson said the CPRE and people in the countryside are supportive of the Government’s plans to cut carbon emissions.

But the continuing march of the turbines is turning ordinary people against the battle against climate change because they see green energy destroying the countryside.

“The Campaign to Protect Rural England is increasingly concerned that the wave of planning applications for wind turbines across the country risks unacceptable damage to the landscape; to localism and people’s confidence in the planning system; and, ultimately, to the battle against climate change,” he said.

Excellent piece at The Telegraph

"In a survey conducted by Ceres, a Boston-based coalition of investors and environmental groups, more than 75% of insurers acknowledged the existence of perils stemming from climate change.
“Yet despite widespread recognition of the effects climate change will likely have on extreme events, few insurers were able to articulate a coherent plan to manage the risks and opportunities associated with climate change,” the Ceres report states.
The Ceres study found that out of 88 U.S. insurance companies, only 11 had formal climate change risk policies and more than 60% had no dedicated management approach to assessing climate risks.
Ben Schiller at Yale’s Environment 360 noted that while American insurance companies have been slow to prepare for global warming’s ramifications, their European counterparts have been getting ready for a potentially costly future.”
Via AllGov

"Last year’s hurricanes and flooding not only engulfed homes and carried away roads and bridges in hard-hit areas of the country, it dispersed aggressive invasive species as well.

In Vermont, the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene and work afterward to dredge rivers and remove debris spread fragments of Japanese knotweed, a plant that threatens to take over flood plains wiped clean by the August storm.

The overflowing Missouri and Mississippi rivers last year launched Asian carp into lakes and oxbows where the fish had not been seen before, from Iowa to the Iowa Great Lakes. Flooding also increased the population along the Missouri River of purple loosestrife, a plant that suppresses native plants and alters wetlands.

"It’s quite an extensive problem around the country and it’s spreading," said Linda Nelson, aquatic invasive species expert with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agency’s budget for controlling invasive aquatic plants has grown from $124 million in 2008 to $135 million for fiscal year 2012."

More from Lisa Rathke at HuffPo

Qatar’s water consumption is among the highest in the world, but that usage is taking its toll.

"The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today launched a new initiative to help cities across the world manage risk following the worst year on record for economic losses caused by disasters.

The initiative – the ‘Local Government Self-Assessment Tool’ – is part of the campaign to help cities establish baselines, identify planning and investment gaps for risk reduction and climate change adaptation, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said in a press release.

“Cities and towns are on the frontline of disaster risk reduction and bore the brunt of insured economic losses from disasters last year of $380 billion,” said Helena Molin Valdés, the Director of the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign, which aims to reduce urban risks from climate-related disasters.

Ms. Valdés said the new tool would greatly enrich understanding of the challenges ahead as the world considers a new blueprint for disaster risk reduction once the existing plan, the Hyogo Framework for Action, expires in 2015. The Framework – a global blueprint for disaster risk reduction efforts – was adopted by governments in 2005 and aims to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2015.

Some 133 countries have been reporting at the national level on their progress on disaster risk reduction priorities agreed on in the Hyogo Framework. The new local government tool would enable municipalities to submit data for national progress reports for the first time. The tool has been tested in over 20 cities around the world.

UNISDR also announced that over 1,000 cities have now joined the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign, which is creating a widening network of alliances for disaster risk reduction. There are currently 25 partners working with UNISDR to support the campaign, including the Local Governments for Sustainability, which has a membership of over 1,200 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide.”

More at UN News Centre

The ocean has been rising slowly and relentlessly since the late 19th century, one of the hallmark indicators that the climate of the earth is changing. The average global rise has been about eight inches since 1880, but the local rise has been higher in some places where the land is also sinking, as in Louisiana and the Chesapeake Bay region.

The rise appears to have accelerated lately, to a rate of about a foot per century, and many scientists expect a further acceleration as the warming of the planet continues.

Wednesday March 14 - 3:30pm EST
The Northeast Climate Science Center Colloquium presents,
Three speakers, College of Menominee Nation:
  • Melissa Cook, Sustainable Development Institute Director
  • Beau Mitchell, Sustainability Coordinator
  • Mike Dockry, Forest Service Liaison 
For a direct link to the webinar, click here.
For detailed webinar instructions, visit:
American Indian Tribes have continuously adapted to changing climates, culturally, physically, and politically, for thousands of years by adapting their lifestyles and cultural practices to their changing environment. Contemporary climate variability and changes on American Indian Tribes are again necessitating adaptation.
Our presentation aims to share our understanding and our efforts as it relates to climate change and its impact on American Indian communities and lands. We will share stories of how Tribal Colleges are leading efforts that build resilience to climate change in their tribal communities; sharing our story of College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute.
  • Tribal Communities-Tribal Colleges Building Resiliency to Climate Change - Melissa Cook and Beau Mitchell
  • College of Menominee Nation and its Sustainable Development Institute - Melissa Cook
  • Sustainable Development Institute and Climate Related Efforts - Beau Mitchell
  • American Indian Forestry Facing Climate Variability and Change - Mike Dockry

Mar 06: Interagency Science in The Arctic; Speaker(s): Erica Key (National Science Foundation); Location: ACCAP, Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska; Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 06: K-computer Project in Japan and Tokyo Metropolitan Area Convection Study; Speaker(s): Kazuo Saito (Meteorological Research Institute, Japan); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 135; Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 06: Observation Impact Study for Tropical Cyclones Using WRF-based Ensemble Data Assimilation Aystem; Speaker(s):     Masaru Kunii (University of Maryland, JMA); Location:     NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 06: Exploring Social Media Tools: A Case Study of One Office’s Journey to Implement a Blog; Speaker(s): Sara Eckert and Becky Wynne (NCCOS/Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor Library (1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 07: Digital Coast Data Access; Speaker(s): Erik Hund (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: Seminar available via webinar only; Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 07: Status of the Development of Geo-microwave Sounder/GeoSTAR and PATH; Speaker(s): Dr. Shyam Bajpai (NOAA NESDIS/Office of Systems Development); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 07: The Impact of Mixing State on Black Carbon Aerosol Physical Properties; Speaker(s): Gavin McMeeking (Colorado State University); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Add this seminar to your google calendar

Mar 08: Contaminants in Pinniped Blubber: Associations with Disease and Survival; Speaker(s): Dr. Denise Greig (Veterinary Science, The Marine Mammal Center); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NWFSC (2725 Montlake Blvd. E, Seattle, WA); Add this seminar to your google calendar


Lowline: An Underground Park in NYC’s Lower East Side

Learn more and help fund this project over at

(via r3d)

Rising Waters, Rising Challenges Wednesday, February 15, 2012 
9:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 

Global sea level is rising and with it the challenge to effectively address the diverse impacts it will have on the coast.  Sea Level rise is expected to affect coastal communities, beaches, low-lying areas, wetlands, estuaries, and aquifers, as well as, coastal development and infrastructure.  How prepared are our communities to address this threat?  Come and learn how the coastline might change as a result of sea level rise and how communities can adapt.

Who Should Attend? Coastal managers, planners, local officials, municipal staff, municipal boards, state agency staff and environmental organizations.

Program and Cost There is no cost to attend. Registration is required

Agenda: Sea Level Rise – Science, Impacts and Vulnerability

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Tonna-Marie Rogers, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Waquoit Bay Reserve Keynote Address: The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise in a Progressively Warming World
  • Jerry X. Mitrovica, Professor of Geophysics, Harvard University - Past, Present, and Future Sea Level Rise and Tropical Cyclones in Southeastern New England
  • Jeff Donnelly, Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Shifting Sands: How Sea-level Rise Can Change the Coast
  • Andrew Ashton, Coastal Geomorphologist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Understanding the Ecological Impact of Sea Level Rise on Salt Marshes
  • Jordan Mora – GIS/Research Technician, Waquoit Bay Reserve

12:00 – 12:45 - Lunch (provided)

Afternoon Session (12:45 – 3:30 pm)

Responding to Sea Level Rise – Planning, Policy and Regulatory Implications Visualizing Sea Level Rise Impacts in 3D: An Illustration of the Potential to Exacerbate Storm Damage in the Town of Falmouth

  • Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist, Woods Hole Sea Grant - Case Study: Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning in Southern Maine/Lessons for Other Communities
  • J.T. Lockman, Planning Director, Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission - Responding to Rising Waters: Adaptation through State and Local Action
  • Julia Knisel, Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management - Regional and Municipal Challenges and Opportunities in Planning for Sea Level Rise
  • Ryan Christenberry, Planner and Energy Specialist, Cape Cod Commission Panel Discussion: Readying Our Region for Rising Waters: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Facilitator: Tonna-Marie Rogers, Waquoit Bay Reserve

Register, here.

In our oceans and rivers, a growing number of fish species are threatened or endangered by the human use of water. Some aquatic ecosystems have been completely destroyed or irreversibly modified by human water withdrawals. For example, the Aral Sea, nestled on the frontier between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was once the fourth-largest inland salt-water body. Today, it is barely a quarter of its size a half century ago—thanks to the massive diversion for Soviet irrigation projects of the vast rivers that once fed it. All 24 species of fish found only in the Aral Sea are now extinct. Likewise, nearly one-third of all North American freshwater fauna populations are considered threatened with extinction, a trend mirrored elsewhere around the world. Water flows in average years no longer reach the deltas of many of the world’s great rivers, including the Nile, Yellow, Amu Darya, and the Colorado, leading to nutrient depletion, loss of habitat for native fisheries, plummeting populations of birds, erosion of shorelines, and adverse effects on local communities.

All of these problems are likely to be made worse by the world’s changing climate, which will have an increasing impact on water resources and the systems we built to manage them. As temperatures rise, the need for water will rise; as precipitation patterns change, water availability will change. Glaciers and snow packs are diminishing, while the frequencies and intensities of storms are more irregular. Meanwhile, water managers are wholly unprepared to meet the demands of a different climate.”

Read “Facing Down the Hydro-Crisis

Fast-forward video of Mongolians setting up their yurt. Mongolia is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and the steppes, where these nomads live, are being destroyed by rapid gold and metals mining. In other words, witness the end of a culture.

Adaptation forum tbh Feb. 15 in Woods Hole, Mass. I’m going to miss it, blarg!